A big thank you to Patina and Define Wine for sending over to this sample of your 2018 Pinot Noir from Orange, NSW. We’ve had a number of Australian Pinot’s lately and I have to admit this juicy cherry 🍒 bomb has been my favourite.
It’s a garnet shade in the glass with notes of cherries and raspberries coming through on the nose alongside hints of oak, violets, earth and truffles. In the mouth it’s super silky in texture and simply oozes elegance.
Enjoyed out of a Riedel OUVERTURE Magnum glass.
All opinions are my own. Drink what you enjoy! — 6 days ago
Fresh and strong taste with floral tones. I really like it — 7 days ago
Pleasantly funky! Blend of Syrah (50%) with the balance split between Garnacha and Carinena (Samso). Aromas of bright brambly red berry fruit, cigar leaf and iodine. Just a touch of Brett. Red berry fruit and beef jerky with a touch of black coffee and dark chocolate on the pallet. A slightly spicy finish. Lacking a bit on the mid-pallet a bit but there is such a great balance of acidity, tannins and alcohol that it can be overlooked. A nice little find recommended by Chris at the Vino Volo in DFW! — 8 days ago
Exceptionally light extraction, high toned and infused. Crushed raspberry and cranberry, highly floral almost geranium, dried orange, black tea, dried herbs, potpourri, crushed rock, white pepper, 4-EP. Nice to see some definition fruit return this vintage but definitely microbial and marked by it. — 13 days ago
Sat afternoon at home. Aromatic, tropical fruit nose. Very fresh on the palate, with satisfying tartness that accentuates how fresh it is. Slight salinity that gives it additional complexity.
The CX of Partida Creus is a real bombshell of freshness, a nose that plays on notes of white fruits, citrus, and aromatic herbs. Tart and funky on the palate, with a long finish. A super rare and super good wine.
Partida Creus is the project of two Italians now in residence in the Tarragona region of Catalonia, just south of Barcelona. The idea of the project was to work with historical, often overlooked local varietals that in many cases were not recognised by the D.O. of the area: Penedès. Massimo and Antonella strategically went about buying up small plots of abandoned vineyards dotted around the area where mostly unknown varietals such as Garrut, Vinyater, Samsó and Queixal de Llop grew. They sought to revitalise the vines and work out the best expression for these old varetals, working without chemicals in the vineyard and without selected yeasts or any other additions in the cellar. They make an impressively dizzying number of different wines, all of which are unified by a very distinctive house style - raw, visceral and pungent reds, and salty, turbid, expressive whites. As a couple they have an insatiable energy that really comes through in the wine.
Origin: Bonastre, Tarragona, Spain
Grape variety: Cartoixa Vermell (Red Xarel-lo)
Food pairing: Risotto with porcini mushrooms, sushi, tuna, paella — 16 days ago
Delightfully drinkable slightly chilled - room temperature does not mean 30C! — 10 days ago